You have a way with words. I too have enjoyed teaching people to fly fish, and have had the opportunity to teach 3 in the last 5 years or so. It has been great, and I share your sentiments, just do not have the ability to share those sentiments as eloquently as you do. Thanks for sharing this, and putting into words just what it means.
I get the same feelings from looking at the picture of my 14 year old daughter from the 5th of July when she caught her first redfish on a fly.